TRANSIT TALK: Mayor Jake Williams and Scott Nelson Talk About New Cocoa Transit Center’s Impact on the Community
By Space Coast Daily // June 22, 2019
transit stop features new shelters and seating, lighting and easier access with sidewalks
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: On this episode of “Transit Talk” at the Cocoa Transit Center Grand Opening, Cocoa Mayor Jake Williams, Jr. and Space Coast Area Transit’s Director Scott Nelson share remarks immediately following the Ceremony. This location is very strategic in keeping the busy transit system on the move and getting riders to work every day. (Space Coast Area Transit video)
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – A Grand Opening was held Thursday for the new Cocoa Transit Center of Space Coast Area Transit, located at 401 South Varr Avenue in Cocoa.
Linked from the Cocoa Transit Center are direct connections north to Mims, south to the Melbourne Airport, east to Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach and west to West Cocoa.
More Space Coast Area Transit buses pass through this major hub every hour than any other major transfer centers.
That includes Titus Landing, Shepard Park, Melbourne Airport, Melbourne Square Mall and Hammock Landing.
The Space Coast Area Transit Grand Opening event hosted local organizations and elected officials from Brevard County and included remarks from Space Coast Area Transit Director Scott Nelson, Brevard County Commission Vice Chair Bryan Lober and City of Cocoa Mayor Jake Williams, Jr.
The transit stop features new shelters and seating, lighting and easier access with sidewalks.
“The Transit Center has been here all along, but it is the busiest one in our system,” said Nelson on “Transit Talk.”
“We have nine buses that pass through here on more trips than that per every hour, going all different directions, to Titusville, Melbourne, West Cocoa and out to the beachside.”
Williams, with the City of Cocoa’s long-term relationship with the transit system, was excited to be at the event to celebrate the completion.
“Certainly it’s been a benefit to our community because Cocoa area transit is one of the busiest in Brevard County. So, it speaks for itself,” said Williams.
The new improvements are just phase one of a much more ambitious project that includes demolition of the Veterans building next door on King Street.
At that site, Space Coast Area Transit will do landscaping and build an employee parking lot because the current lot is usually filled to capacity.
This will then allow for a bus turnaround so transit vehicles don’t have to loop clear around the building to go the opposite direction.
Nelson closed with the proceedings, reminding the attendees that the mission of the Space Coast Area Transit is to provide quality transportation services that meet the needs of the public and enhances the quality of life of the community.
Together, with the help of their partners, they look forward to continuing to move Brevard into the future for many years to come.
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